April 10, 2018
The Kitchen Batching System is a semi-automatic ingredient batching system for the food industry, though it could be employed in many other industrial ingredient batching applications. This multiple bin system requires operator involvement for the batching operation but it is also automated in the control of operator actions and assures accurate weighments and batches. Operator interruptions will no longer be a problem, and that means no more missed ingredients. The Kitchen Batching System also improves speed and overall efficiency of the ingredient batching process over a manual process.
Included in a typical customized Kitchen Batching System are:
• Multiple ingredient bins/totes;
• Stainless Steel Table(s);
• Moving weigh table w/ scale and touchscreen display; and
• PC Control Panel with weight instruments.
Each Kitchen Batching System is customized to include the maximum number of bins required by the customer’s specific formulas. The Kitchen System tables are sized to fit with the number of ingredient bins, and for operator comfort. The tables are manufactured of stainless steel material, typically grade 304.
The ingredient tables are of rugged construction and are designed to be stationary. The scale platform table is designed to smoothly travel between the two ingredient tables. The operator simply moves the scale platform table as needed to reach the next ingredient bins. The cabling from the scale and touchscreen display is mounted within a flexible cable carrier and is routed between the scale platform table and an adjacent ingredient table.
Sterling Systems & Controls can customize a system for our customers using standard control and automation components. For the Kitchen Batching System we have used a PC (control panel mounted) and an industrial touchscreen monitor (scale platform table mounted).
The control panel encloses the PC and other components to allow for its operation and interface with the monitor and scale. A weight indicator is also included mounted in the front door of the enclosure. A barcode scanner can also be provided for operation with the lot tracking part of the control system to assure batch validation.
Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 40+ years of experience providing efficient solutions for process equipment, batching, micro, minor and bulk weighing, bag unloading systems, as well as plant automation.
Sterling’s designs utilize the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking. Sterling’s systems can optionally be interfaced by remote users using our unique WebCentral™ supervisory control application.